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Department of Sociology

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Graduate Program

U of M Sociology offers a PhD program covering the fundamentals of sociological theory and methods, emphasizing mastery of central literatures and debates, the conduct of research, teaching, and policy application.

The department is able to provide substantial opportunities for advanced training through seminars, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and instructorships. Incoming students receive funding packages that support them up to five years.

At the U of M you will find a supportive, collaborative, and challenging intellectual environment, an opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research, and a commitment to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.

Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Elizabeth Boyle
Professor Ann Meier


About the University of Minnesota

  • cohort 2014
2014 Cohort


Becky Drasin
Graduate Program Associate

Ann Meier
Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate News

  • Congratulations, Dr. Isik!

    Gulseren Isik successfully defended her dissertation, "Institutional Reproduction: Reproduction of a Politico-legal Institution in a Contested Setting," on August 25, 2014. Her advisors are Professors Joachim Savelsberg and Robin Stryker (University of Arizona-Tucson).

    August 26th, 2014
  • Arturo Baiocchi is now a PhD!

    Arturo Baiocchi successfully defended his dissertation, "In the System for Too Long: Former Foster Youth and the Structural Ambivalence towards Mental Health," on July 25. His advisor is Professor Doug Hartmann. Dr. Baiocchi works as a Research Analyst at the Institute for Social Research, California State University-Sacramento. Congratulations, Dr. Baiocchi!

    July 31st, 2014

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Alumni News

  • Gina Erickson, Assistant Professor Hamline University

    Gina Erickson (Ph.D. 2012) will begin her second year, this fall 2014, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

    July 17th, 2014
  • Rachelle Hill joins the U.S. Census Bureau

    Rachelle Hill, (Ph.D. 2012) is an Administrator for the Minnesota Census Research Data Center, U.S. Census Bureau.

    June 19th, 2014

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